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H.B. 195






Sponsor: Sheryl L. Allen

             6      This act establishes statutory election procedures for submitting a nonbinding opinion
             7      question to the voters of Utah. This act has an immediate effective date. The sections in
             8      this act are repealed on January 1, 2005.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      ENACTS:
             11          36-16a-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             12          36-16a-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             13          36-16a-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             14          36-16a-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             15          36-16a-105, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             16          36-16a-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             17          36-16a-107, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             18          36-16a-108, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             19          63-55b-136, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             20      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             21          Section 1. Section 36-16a-101 is enacted to read:

             23          36-16a-101. Definitions.
             24          As used in this chapter:
             25          (1) "Election official" means the county clerk or municipal clerk.
             26          (2) "Opinion question" means a nonbinding question submitted to the voters of Utah
             27      according to the procedures established by this chapter.

             28          (3) "Originating house" means the Utah House of Representatives if the resolution is a
             29      House Concurrent Resolution or the Utah Senate if the resolution is a Senate Concurrent
             30      Resolution.
             31          (4) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             32      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year.
             33          Section 2. Section 36-16a-102 is enacted to read:
             34          36-16a-102. Submission of opinion questions to Utah voters.
             35          (1) The Legislature, with the concurrence of the governor, may submit opinion
             36      questions to legal voters by complying with the procedures contained in this section.
             37          (2) Any legislator may file a concurrent resolution proposing that an opinion question
             38      be submitted to the legal voters of Utah.
             39          (3) The resolution shall include:
             40          (a) the language of the opinion question as it will appear on the ballot;
             41          (b) a statement directing that the lieutenant governor submit the language of the
             42      opinion question to the legal voters of Utah for their approval or rejection; and
             43          (c) language designating the regular general election date for the election or language
             44      calling a special election and setting the date for that special election.
             45          (4) After passage by both houses of the Legislature and concurrence by the governor,
             46      the originating house shall submit the resolution to the lieutenant governor with instructions
             47      that the opinion question specified in the resolution be submitted to the legal voters on the
             48      election date specified in the resolution.
             49          Section 3. Section 36-16a-103 is enacted to read:
             50          36-16a-103. Lieutenant governor's duties.
             51          (1) After receipt of an opinion question resolution the lieutenant governor shall:
             52          (a) submit the opinion question to the legal voters of Utah as required by the
             53      resolution;
             54          (b) comply with the procedures of Section 36-16a-106 ;
             55          (c) if the election is not held as part of a regular general election, reimburse each
             56      election official for the expenses of conducting the election according to a formula determined
             57      by the lieutenant governor; and
             58          (d) comply with all relevant provisions of Title 20A, Election Code, relating to the

             59      conduct of general and municipal elections.
             60          (2) The lieutenant governor may establish additional requirements for county clerks to
             61      facilitate the conduct of the election.
             62          Section 4. Section 36-16a-104 is enacted to read:
             63          36-16a-104. Election official duties.
             64          Each election official shall comply with the requirements of Title 20A, Election Code,
             65      relating to general and municipal elections, the requirements of Section 36-16a-106 , and any
             66      other requirements imposed by the lieutenant governor.
             67          Section 5. Section 36-16a-105 is enacted to read:
             68          36-16a-105. Exemption.
             69          Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues Submitted to the Voters, does not apply to opinion
             70      questions submitted to the legal voters under the authority of this chapter.
             71          Section 6. Section 36-16a-106 is enacted to read:
             72          36-16a-106. Procedures for submission of opinion questions to popular vote.
             73          (1) The lieutenant governor, the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel,
             74      and each election official shall comply with the procedures contained in this section whenever
             75      the Legislature submits an opinion question to the voters.
             76          (2) Not later than 30 days before the date of the election, the lieutenant governor shall
             77      cause the full text of the opinion question to be published in at least one newspaper in every
             78      county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             79          (3) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             80          (a) designate the opinion questions by number and order of presentation on the ballot;
             81          (b) draft and designate a ballot title that summarizes the subject matter of the
             82      amendment or question; and
             83          (c) deliver them to the lieutenant governor.
             84          (4) Not later than 35 days before the election, the lieutenant governor shall certify the
             85      number and ballot title of each opinion question to each election official.
             86          (5) Each election official shall cause both the number and title of the opinion question
             87      to be printed on the ballot to be used on election day, and on the sample ballots, and publish
             88      them as provided by law.
             89          Section 7. Section 36-16a-107 is enacted to read:

             90          36-16a-107. Ballot form -- Manner of voting.
             91          (1) The lieutenant governor shall ensure that the ballots containing opinion questions
             92      submitted to the people include:
             93          (a) a printed number and ballot title;
             94          (b) the printed text of the opinion question; and
             95          (c) the words "YES" and "NO", each followed by a square in which the voter may
             96      place a mark to indicate his vote.
             97          (2) Voters desiring to vote "yes" on the opinion question shall mark in the appropriate
             98      square with a mark opposite the word "YES", and voters desiring to vote "no" shall mark in the
             99      appropriate square with a mark opposite the word "NO".
             100          Section 8. Section 36-16a-108 is enacted to read:
             101          36-16a-108. Canvass of returns.
             102          (1) The county legislative body shall conduct a public canvass of the returns from the
             103      opinion question election no later than 14 days after the election.
             104          (2) Each election official shall:
             105          (a) make a certified abstract of the record of the canvassers detailing the votes given for
             106      and against the opinion question; and
             107          (b) seal the transcript, endorse it "Election Returns," and transmit it to the lieutenant
             108      governor's office so that the lieutenant governor receives it by the fifth day before the day
             109      designated for the meeting of the state board of canvassers.
             110          (3) The state board of canvassers established by Section 20A-4-306 shall meet to
             111      compute and determine the vote on the opinion question.
             112          (4) After consulting existing statutes governing other general and municipal elections,
             113      the lieutenant governor may determine any issues relating to the canvassing process that are not
             114      governed by this section.
             115          Section 9. Section 63-55b-136 is enacted to read:
             116          63-55b-136. Repeal dates -- Title 36.
             117          Sections 36-16a-101 through 36-16a-108 are repealed January 1, 2005.
             118          Section 10. Effective date.
             119          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect
             120      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah

             121      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             122      the date of veto override.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-14-03 2:48 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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